World Heritage #0722 – Philippine Rice Terraces

Last modified 28.03.2022 | Published 09.05.1985Philippines, South and Southeast Asia, World Heritage Sites

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The human endeavours of cultivating land never cease to impress, not least the fabulous Philippine rice terraces.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

  • Full name of site: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  • Country: Philippines
  • Date of Inscription: 1995
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 722:

“For 2,000 years, the high rice fields of the Ifugao have followed the contours of the mountains. The fruit of knowledge handed down from one generation to the next, and the expression of sacred traditions and a delicate social balance, they have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between humankind and the environment.”


My visit

I still remember becoming very impressed by the workmanship and hardship that lay behind the wonderful rice terraces in the Northern Philippines. Just a few months earlier I had seen the same technique in the mountainsides in the central parts of China. Two years later I would witness similar systems high up in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. I do however recognise the size and perhaps also systems in the Philippines to be higher than at the other sites.

Read more about my visit.

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